Sparks

The Clicking of Heat

Memorable writing that sparks imagination. Lean in. Hear the writer’s voice on the page. The Clicking of Heat By Robin Mills Lying in bed in the early hours of the day, I hear a clicking sound. I know what it is, but what it does is to throw me back to a previous home where the thermostat nudged the heat to come on, making a click clicking as it did. That for years served as my alarm clock. That nudging started the huge monster of a gravity fed heating system that lived in the basement of my 1926 craftsman bungalow. A furnace so large that two grown adults on either side, outstretched arms trying to hug it like a big tree, could not join hands around its massive body. Maybe braise fingertips at best. I had never encountered gravity fed air before. No moving parts. Just rising heat tumbling into…

Prompts

Magical . . . Prompt #784

A writing prompt can be a word, a phrase, a book title, a line from a poem, or a line from a song. Today’s writing prompt is a word: Magical Write whatever comes to mind when you think “magical.” Blog posts that capture magical and creativity musings. Writing is Magical Creativity as Magic #justwrite   #amwriting   #iamawriter   #creativity

Sparks

Bittersweet

Memorable writing that sparks imagination. Lean in. Hear the writer’s voice on the page. Bittersweet by Lynn Levy Better If The Time Elapses Rapidly Stopping Weary Ennui’s Endless Tyranny Lynn Levy lives in Northern California with her husband, an overly familiar wild scrub jay called “Bubba,” and an enormous wisteria. She and the wisteria are in negotiations regarding ownership of the patio trellis.

Places to submit

The Big Windows Review

The Big Windows Review is the literary magazine of the Writing Center at Washtenaw Community College (WCC), in Ann Arbor, Michigan. “We post a new poem or piece of short prose on the site every Tuesday and Friday. Then, four times a year, we’ll bundle up those poems and prose pieces to make a free digital issue of The Big Windows Review.” Thanks to Dave Seter for letting me know about this. Dave’s writing, “Weightless Hitchhiker” was published in the April 5, 2024 issue of The Big Windows Review.

Prompts

Trouble . . . Prompt #783

Today’s writing prompt, Trouble, is brought to us by Marcia Aldrich’s post on Brevity, “Too Vast for Words: Writing prompts for Large Subjects.” In this Brevity post, Marcia asks: Do you have a history with this word, trouble? How long has it been important to you? Why this word and not near synonyms? Is it part of a song or movie or book that matters to you? Does your sense of the word differ from what other people might think of it? If so, how? Writing Prompt: Trouble Just Write! #amwriting   #justwrite   #iamawriter

Prompts

Sentence Starts . . . Prompt #782

Sentence starts to inspire ideas to write about: Sentence starts If my family had a motto, it would be . . . The kitchen table . . . The worst, or best, thing about my mother / father / sibling / grandparent . . . I will never forget . . . I will always remember . . . My favorite thing to do when I was 8 years old . . . 12 years old . . .14 years old . . . On Saturdays, I liked to . . . I want you to know . . . Just Write! #justwrite   #iamwriting  #iamawriter

Places to submit

Beyond Words: A Different Literary Magazine

Beyond Words Magazine features literary works with beautiful visual art from creatives around the globe. “We offer a warm and welcoming stage for emerging writers and visual artists. We encourage diverse voices from different cultures and backgrounds. Share your works with us!” Beyond Words accepts submissions of short stories (up to 1000 words), poems and visual art. Thanks to Rebecca Evans for letting me know about Beyond Words. Her writing will appear in the May 2024 issue.